DOOM Eternal is a pretty great game that’s had equally great support over the last year or so, with id Software just recently pushing Update 6 that focuses on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S improvements for free. However, there’s been one thing missing since its pretty sensational reveal: Invasion Mode.
First showcased during the 2018 gameplay reveal, Invasion would introduce other players into your single-player campaigns who would then take over demons and try to kill you (funnily enough). It looked fascinating if a bit of a logistical nightmare, and wouldn’t be mentioned all that much afterwards. Even in game director Hugo Martin’s very excellent playthrough streams, there’s barely a mention or any updates on Invasion.
Today marks the first official update on Invasion in the longest time, but sadly, it’s not good news. The mode has been cancelled, and id Software will be focusing on single-player horde modes instead.
Marty Stratton, executive producer on DOOM Eternal, posted the following update on the official blog:
“As many are aware, we intended to release a free Invasion Mode update for the game; however, the unforeseen consequences of the pandemic and remote working impacted the progress of development for this addition. Over this time, we have also seen and heard how many of you enjoy the range of gameplay and combat available in the expansions and master levels. With these factors in mind, we have decided to redirect our focus from Invasion Mode to creating a totally new single-player horde mode. We’re confident this horde mode will offer you more of the diversity and challenge you’re looking for in the game.”
There will be more info on the horde modes, as well as the state of BATTLEMODE, the intriguing multiplayer mode that really deserves a bit more love, at the next Quakecon.
While it’s a definite shame that Invasion Mode is no more, it does make sense to replace it with something like horde mode, mods of which are already among the most popular mods for the game.
There’s always nu-DOOM 3/DOOM Infinite/DOOM Forever for them to try Invasion again. Where DOOM goes next after the end of The Ancient Gods is anyone’s guess, though. Including mine.
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